Thursday, April 11, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 30, Isaiah 5:11-17, and Revelation 3:14-22
Today’s passage is not too pleasant, but in a different way from yesterday’s and Tuesday’s. While the past two days talk about our faith being tested, today’s New Testament passage deals with a church that was just floating along, doing the bare minimum to stay afloat. They were having plenty of fellowship suppers. They read the Sunday School lesson every week. They even managed to make it to choir practice once in a while. But Jesus is not pleased with the bare minimum. He does not want us to just go with the flow. He wants us to live in the richness of the resurrection. He wants us to get up and get to work. He wants us to stop being so inwardly-focused that we forget about the very people he has sent us to disciple. If we don’t make these changes, he will vomit us out of his mouth – not a happy thought!
Take some time to ask God to show you some areas where you have been lazy. Then, ask him how to do better. Ask him for the grace to make the changes you need, and the strength to continue on once the changes are made. He will help you. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty and everlasting God, you have called us to be a living sacrifice. Show us those things within ourselves which displease you, and grant us the grace to make the changes we need to make; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.